During the last year, Berry Street has supported over


children, young people and families in Victoria.

Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services

Welcome to Berry Street

Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877.

We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.

Our greatest challenges today are:

  • to help children and young people recover from the devastating impact of family violence, abuse and neglect
  • to help women keep themselves and their children safe from family violence
  • to help struggling mothers and fathers to be the parents they want to be
  • to contribute to, and advocate for, a fairer and more inclusive community
  • to provide foster care and kinship care when children can’t live safely at home

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Our Services

Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any

Education, Training & Employment
Family Services
Family Violence
Foster & Kinship Care
Past Clients
Residential Care

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News & Events

YHMD - Accommodation shortage leaves young people out on the streets
Conservative estimates show about 500 young Victorians leave State care every year, and are often left to fend for themselves.

Research done by Monash University’s Dr Philip Mendes found that 50% of these young people will end up homeless in the first year, and 50% will have contact with the justice system...
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Celebrating National Youth Week with Berry Street School & SYN Radio!
A number of students from Berry Street School will get the chance to tell their stories on SYN radio during National Youth Week (NYW), running from 4-13 April....read more

Berry Street Welcomes Five Year Out of Home Care Plan
No child is removed from their parents’ care without compelling evidence of the significant harm they have suffered. This places a heavy responsibility on all of us to ensure they receive the help they need to recover and go on to lead productive adult lives...read more

Imaginate to discover what makes a good childhood
The Berry Street Childhood Institute has launched the Imaginate national multimedia competition for young people aged 13-25. Imaginate invites young people to answer the competition question “What should a good childhood look like?”...read more

Time to start thinking about solutions to child abuse
Keeping children safe and nurtured involves learning the lessons of the past, but it also means confronting the complexities and challenges of today. Spiralling numbers of family violence incidents and child protection cases involving serious problems such as alcohol and drug addiction and mental ill health are examples of risks to children’s wellbeing...read more

Berry Street joins others to ask for help for families to meet school costs
Berry Street joined a "coalition of [other] charities and service providers ... to demand the State Government retain cash help for battler families to meet spiralling school costs... read more

Australia Day recognition for years of service to Forgotten Australians
Caroline Carroll, herself a Forgotten Australian, was recognised for more than 10 years of advocacy on behalf of, and service to, this group when she received an Order of Australia medal on Australia Day, 26 January... read more

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